In case you missed my conversation with Pattie Porter on the building blocks of negotiation, don’t despair. You can download or stream this episode of the Texas Conflict Coach to learn how to how to listen beyond the demand, identify the common goals and negotiate to get what you need. We negotiate every single [...]
This Saturday, I will have the honor and privilege of delivering the keynote address to the 2014 Annual Spring Training Conference of the Virginia Mediation Network. The Virginia Mediation Network is the state’s largest mediation membership association. Its mission is to promote public understanding of conflict resolution services and provide its members with interdisciplinary knowledge and [...]
We negotiate every single day over important and routine requests. Spouses negotiate over household and financial duties, co-workers negotiate time off, job tasks, promotions and salaries. When a perceived disagreement or dispute erupts, know how to negotiate effectively and constructively by learning the very basic building blocks. Join myself and Pattie Porter, as we [...]Continue Reading →
This year the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) announces the formation of the taskforce on safety in alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Under the leadership of former ACR president Marya Kolman and current ACR president Cheryl Jamison, I have been appointed chair of this taskforce. Fellow members of the taskforce include active duty [...]Continue Reading →
There has been an increased emphasis on teamwork and collaboration in the delivery of health services over the past decade. With the implementation of healthcare reform and more people accessing health services, it is even more important that health professionals learn how to engage with patients and with one another in the midst of conflict. [...]Continue Reading →
Finnish researchers have uncovered a very interesting correlation between our bodily sensations and emotional responses. In a study recently published in Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences, 733 participants from Taiwan, Finland and Sweden took part in five experiments to indicate how certain emotionally charged words, stories, movies or facial expressions made them [...]Continue Reading →
Click on the player below to learn some helpful tips on how to deal with your neighbors during the holiday season. Pattie Porter and I presented strategies to keep neighbor conflict at bay and help you manage your triggers to those nuisances you cannot control so that you can enjoy your holidays and prevent [...]Continue Reading →
Dealing with the normal stress of the holidays can be enough to handle. Then add those annoyances and disruptions you have to deal with in your neighborhood…loud holiday parties, cars blocking roads and your driveway, those bright holiday lights and decorations. All invading your peace and quiet. The holidays can bring people together just as [...]Continue Reading →
If you missed our program or just want to listen in again to learn how to deal with co-workers from hell, the entire program is now available for download or streaming. Pattie Porter and I shared examples of how to respond differently, effectively and constructively to the most challenging of coworkers. We outlined a [...]Continue Reading →
About MeHelping people resolve problems and improve their performance under stressful circumstances is Stephen’s passion and profession. With a Masters degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Stephen has substantial experience in mediation, negotiation, facilitation, conflict analysis, conflict management and project management. His professional experience spans state and federal government agencies and two premier conflict resolution membership associations. Stephen has also become a national expert on how you can improve your performance by better managing the stress of conflict situations. He has taught hundreds the somatic skills they needed to remain calm in stressful conflict situations as an adjunct faculty member of the School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University and through seminars that he has presented at conferences nationwide.
Specialties: Stephen presents workshops nationally and internationally that teach problem solvers how to improve their performance by learning to better manage the stress of conflict situations through the development of somatic (body) skills focused on breath, posture, and vision and the cultivation of self-awareness. These skills originate from the Japanese martial art of Aikido and have been used by martial artists, executives, law enforcement, athletes and professionals to remain calm in the midst of the storm.